Friday, May 01, 2009

Off to a rousing start, as I thought I had a chapter finished. However, before I can experiment with Oliver's narrative style, I had to re-evaluate the second scene of the first chapter. It wasn't working, and it occurred to me late last night why that was. I'd been so concerned with having the characters react to something that had happened, I'd forgotten to include the reaction of the character it had happened to.

Author fail. Ah well, won't be the first time this manuscript—that's what revisions are for, after all.


Sarah K said...

I was reading this author blog last night [because reading about writing has become my favourite way to put off writing], and this lady was all "I'm gonna give you some advice, unpublished authors. You're first draft is gonna suck. And then when its done, you can either burn it or make it better."

Not that you need advice on draft writing, since you are a pro at finishing the stories that you start. I just thought it was funny and relevant to what you said here.

Chandra Rooney said...

My first drafts don't suck so much as fail to make sense to people who aren't me. XD

What I didn't mention in the post is that I usually throw out the first 6000—8000 words and start anew a month after I start writing the first draft. So dropping 1500 within the first week is hopefully a sign that I'm getting better at spotting when it isn't working.

Chandra Rooney said...

Oh, and reading about writing used to be my favorite way to put off writing, too.